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Héros de l'Ouest, héros de l'Est : toponymie et Guerre froide de la Libération à nos jours

Abstract : Street naming was a Cold War issue for villages and towns throughout France. Political parties, especially the Communists, saw street names as a way to reach out to people’s hearts and minds. Over the 1950s although the authorities tried to restrain the East-West conflict from spreading to the public sphere, partisan sympathies found expression in place names. As a matter of fact cartographic distribution of street names clearly shows that one part of France was leaning to the USSR whereas the other part felt closer to the USA. In the 1960s as state control was being relaxed local authorities were allowed more latitude. Yet even if this made it possible for the Communist party to promote Soviet ideals, notably through Yuri Gagarin’s popular figure, there was a growing atlanticist trend among local politicians to choose US personalities for place names.
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Xavier Desbrosse. Héros de l'Ouest, héros de l'Est : toponymie et Guerre froide de la Libération à nos jours . Sous la direction de Philippe Buton, Olivier Büttner, Michel Hastings. La Guerre froide vue d'en bas, CNRS Editions, p. 111-129, 2014, 9782271078230. ⟨halshs-01259927⟩



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